William Henry Davis

William Henry Davis

Name: William Henry DAVIS

Date of Birth:  7 August 1906

Birth Location: Bunbury, Western Australia

Also Known As: William Henry Hutton (Birth Certificate) and Henry Davis

Age at Burial: 80 years

Date of Death: 24 June 1987

Death Location: Busselton, Western Australia

Date of Burial: Cremated 26 August 1987

Denomination: Niche Wall

Row/Grave: 13 -86

Grave Transcription:

In loving memory of

WILLIAM HENRY DAVIS

1906 – 1987

EMILY ELIZA DAVIS

1905 – 2011

in god’s care

Father: Unknown

Mother: Sarah Jane Hutton

Grandparents (father):

Grandparents (mother): Thomas Giles Hutton and Eliza Maslin

Siblings:

Step Siblings: (Children of Joseph Davis and Elizabeth Grant)

Elsie Amelia Davis (1900 – 1904)

George Edward Davis (1902 – 1941)    Married Thelma Lillian Lemin

Joseph Stanley Davis (1904 – 1968)     Married Beatrice Roberts first and

                                                                    Julie Crisp 2nd

 Half Siblings: (Children of Joseph Davis and Sarah Jane Hutton)

 Hannah Ethel Davis (1911 – 1986)   Married Roy Parkinson first and William Liddlelow 2nd

Gladys Jane Davis (1914 – 1977)        Married Francis Randall

Dorothy Eileen Davis (1916 – 1998)   Married Graham Henson

Phyllis Eliza Davis (1918 – 2014)         Married William (Bill) Smith

Ernest Clarence Davis (1919 – 1985)   Married Beryl Embling

Doreen Davis (1923 – 2018)                  Married Leendert Westerduin

Leslie Aubrey Davis (1925 – 1999)         Joan Hood

Hazel Davis (still living)

Spouse: Emily Eliza Farmer

Children:

W Davis

R Davis

C Davis

B Davis

Clive Robert (Peter) Davis (1938 – 2019)

F Davis

G Davis

B Davis

T Davis

T Davis

Occupation: Farmer, Orchardist

Military Service: Not approved for service – Leg injured from gunshot wound.

Their Story

Henry was the eldest of Sarah Hutton children. Henry was, we are told, when very young was placed in care with an Italian couple. When war broke out, he was returned to his Grandparents Thomas Giles and Eliza Hutton, as the couple who had been caring for him were interned in a camp during the War.

We believe Henry spent some time with his mother and step father Joseph Davis and much of his early life and youth with his Hutton grandparent’s family in Capel. A family photo shows Henry present with his mother at the baptism of his half-sister Hannah Ethel Davis in 1911 and another photo of Henry with his Hutton Grandparents and Aunt Amy Hutton visiting Sarah and Joseph Davis for Christmas 1922. Henry features in many Hutton family photos such as the one below with Joseph Davis’s son Joseph Stanley Davis and Aunt Amy Hutton.

William Henry Davis married Emily Eliza Farmer on the 14 Apr 1931 at Marradong Church.

After their marriage they lived in the Capel area. They then leased a property in Donnybrook before purchasing a block of land between Donnybrook and Capel which according to Emily, later was the site of the Goodwood Road Primary School.

It was reported in the South Western Advertiser that “Mr and Mrs Davis and 9 children had arrived from Donnybrook to Pinjarra area to manager Mr Maughan’s farm.

Trove Newspapers Article – South Western Advertiser – 15 February 1946 – Pinjarra Jottings

Residence Donnybrook 1936 to 1943 as per Australia, Electoral Rolls, Home Duties

1936

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

Donnybrook Orchardist
1937

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

Donnybrook Orchardist
1943 Emily Eliza Davis Donnybrook HD

 

Before the birth of Thelma in 1946 William and Emily purchased a farm in West Coolup.

South West Advertiser printed on the 28 July 1949 that Mr Davis took his wife to Perth for further medical treatment. Emily had contracted Polio.

 

Residence Pauls Road, Pinjarra 1949 to 1958 as per Australia, Electoral Rolls, Home Duties

1949

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

Pauls Road Pinjarra Farmer
1958

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

Pauls Road Pinjarra Farmer

In 1950 William was Secretary of the West Coolup Committee.

In 1953 William was the West Coolup Fire Control Officer.

In 1954 William won top prize of 75 pounds for black and white cow and calf.

In 1954 while living at Coolup, William and Emily’s son William Henry marries.

Then around 1960, William and Emily purchased a farm at West Kulin as per Newspaper article and Australia, Electoral Rolls

1968

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

West Kulin Farmer

They retired to Busselton in 1972 and lived at 9 Falkingham Road until they moved to 4 Abbey Street, Busselton.

DATE NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION
1972

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

9 Falkingham Road Busselton
1977

William Henry Davis

Emily Eliza Davis

4 Abbey Street Busselton HD

 

Henry died 24 June 1987 in Busselton at 4 Abbey Road. He was cremated and his ashes are in the Capel Cemetery Niche Wall.

 

Submission information contributed by Jade Williams (Great Granddaughter). Additional research and compiled by Shellie Cummings

© Capel District Cemeteries Project 26/10/2022

William Henry Davis Plaque
Henry and Emily Wedding 1931
Written on the back of this image is “In picture Alan Scott, Thomas Giles Hutton, Henry Davis, Tom Scott and unknown”. Date unknown

Written on the back of this image is “In picture Alan Scott, Thomas Giles Hutton, Henry Davis, Tom Scott and unknown”. Date unknown

Fred and Kate Hutton Wedding 1927

Fred and Kate Hutton Wedding 1927, William Henry Davis best man seated in front.

Front row: Fred Hutton, Kate Hutton, Henry Davis and unknown.

William Henry Davis with birds
Sarah Jane Davis nee Hutton with daughter Hannah Ethel Davis on Ethel’s baptism day with eldest son Henry (William Henry). Hannah Ethel was born 11 Nov 1911.
Henry, Joseph Stanley Davis and Amy Hutton

Henry, Joseph Stanley Davis and Amy Hutton

 

Photo: Sarah Jane Davis nee Hutton with daughter Hannah Ethel Davis on Ethel’s baptism day with eldest son Henry (William Henry). Hannah Ethel was born 11 Nov 1911.